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An adaptation of the manga by Kaishaku, ''Kagihime'' is the story of Kirihara Aruto, an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with an interest in Alternate L. Takion's Alice story. There are two volumes of Takion's story, and rumors of the existence of a third. One night, after working on his own continuation of the story (FanFic, anyone?), he sees the form of a girl flash across the moon... a girl who happens to look exactly like what he imagines Alice should look like. He runs out of the house to chase her, and ends up in a library where the girl he was chasing is locked in combat with another girl who is similarly garbed. Because of this, he becomes involved with several girls called the Seekers of Alice.

The show aired in early 2006. Compare with ''RozenMaiden''. Compare with ''DantalianNoShoka'', especially the (ahem) key insertion part.

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'''This series provides examples of:'''

* AliceAllusion
* AlliterativeName -- Just about everybody, with Arisu Arisugawa having the most tongue-twisting name of all.
* AscendedExtra: Kisa in the anime.
* [[spoiler: AttackReflector: Kiriha's power in the manga.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished
* BlowYouAway: Kirika
* BrotherSisterIncest -- And how!
** [[spoiler: NotBloodSiblings: Only in the manga.]]
* {{BFS}}: Lorina and Shimako in particular. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Lidell in the manga, who manages to be the most powerful Kagihime with a more normal sized key.
* CatGirl: Miko Mikoshiba. Mika Ogami is a Wolf Girl.
* '''{{Catfight}}'''
* ChildProdigy > TeenGenius: Kirika, thanks to extra tutoring.
* ClingyJealousGirl -- Kiraha; Kisa to Kiriha to some extent.
* ClothingDamage -- Reading someone else's story rips away their clothes as the pages turn, symbolic of their unwanted exposure.
* [[spoiler: ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Aruto in the manga, whose parents died in a fire apparently leaving him with nothing but his Alice books.]]
* CuteLittleFangs -- Kiraha
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Suwa
* DemotedToExtra: Some of the other Key Princesses from the manga become this, especially in [[{{Omake}} Episode 13]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything -- Occurs whenever someone's story is read. In addition to the ClothingDamage, the female Seekers of Alice get penetrated by long hard objects (keys) and cry out in pain.
* DoesNotLikeMen - Mika
* DontFearTheReaper: Subverted with Risa in the manga who is genuinely terrifying as a Kagihime, but [[IJustWantToHaveFriends only really wants a friend]] and can only gain satisfaction from killing people.
* DysfunctionJunction -- It appears to be part of the rules of the Seekers of Alice. You go in, you put the most hurtful part of your past on the line, and ''everyone'' has one.
* ElevatorSchool
* FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother -- Kiriha is ''very'' protective of her brother. Definitely has a BigBrotherAttraction going on. Though, partway through the series, she does come to a decision and goes with IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* FairyTale: The series' main motif. In addition to the two Alice girls, each Seeker is designed off a particular fairy tale - Rapunzel, Cinderella, what have you. Makes for interesting subtext in regards to the battles.
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the ecchi variety, but nothing too graphic. In the manga, however, we see [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Mika and Jacqueline share a kiss and then having sex.]]
** FanDisservice: What Suwa does to Aruto in the manga is pretty disturbing . .
* GagBoobs
* GottaCatchEmAll -- The search for all the stories.
** [[spoiler: Which is the BigBad's goal in the manga.]]
* GodivaHair/ RapunzelHair
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode is named after characters, objects and events from Alice In Wonderland
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Kirika, [[spoiler: who thought that she left her only friend Lorina to die in a coffin that got cremated. In reality, Lorina abandoned her but she used that lie to cope with her loss.]]
* IdiotHair: A lot of characters have this but special mention goes to Kisa, whose idiot hair overlaps into ExpressiveHair and wiggles about whenever Kiriha is in danger.
* ImprobableWeaponUser -- Giant keys are the standard among the Seekers, though they're surprisingly customizable.
* IndirectKiss -- The degrees to which Kisa goes with this is astounding. Her first attempt involves making cookies shaped like Kiraha, licking them and then hoping that Kiraha eats one when she comes over.
* InsistentTerminology: Sort of a meta-example. Regardless of what anyone might tell you, the weapons the Kagihime wield are keys and not [[KingdomHearts a certain other key shaped weapon]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe -- [[spoiler: Takion sees fit to exposit his plan when he has Aruto and the girls in the dimension where his final battle is taking place.]]
* LimitedAnimation: Which becomes more apparent as the anime progresses
* MagicalGirl
* MakingASplash: Kisa
* [[spoiler: MegaManning: Arisu in the manga.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: Suwa, also Liddell]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Kirika and one of the unseen Kagihime Aya.
** {{Megane}}: Subverted with Aruto who uses them for reading and Alternate L. Takion [[spoiler: who is a ManipulativeBastard]].
* MindRape: Asuka Suwa's main method of weakening her opponents is to make them mentally relive their most traumatic memories.
* MyNaymeIs: Arisu who insists that people spell her name in hirigana (ありす) as opposed to katakana (アリス).
* NonActionGuy -- Aruto doesn't do any fighting, but his ability to transcribe others' stories makes him useful.
* OffModel: Quite often.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* PantyShot
* ParentalAbandonment
* PhantomZone -- All the Seekers of Alice can generate a Mirror View Space in which to fight, leaving the real world unharmed.
* PlayingWithFire -- Akane, from episode four.
* [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama: Mika]]
* RealityWarper -- Aruto. His creative power is so strong that it was enough to [[spoiler: will Arisu into being and keep her that way. He runs into a few problems when her version of events doesn't match up with the real world, but she's still very convincing.]]
* [[spoiler: Really700YearsOld: Takion and Liddell, and in the anime they want to stay young forever.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Kiriha subverts this in the anime but sometimes plays this straight in the manga.
* RPGEpisode -- The 13th, final episode, which casts Aruto as a hero out to save a fantasy world.
* SchoolgirlLesbians -- Kisa is ''deeply'' in love with Kiraha to the point of being a StalkerWithACrush. She also has a deep and burning desire to kill Aruto, and has a closet of things Kiriha has come into contact with in the manga at her house.
** Also Mika Ogami and Jack Jacqueline in Volume 3 of the manga.
* SingleMindedTwins -- The Alice twins, who start to venture into CreepyTwins territory near the end.
* SleepModeSize -- Inverted with Kirika. When she goes into her magical girl form, she shrinks down to the age she was when a traumatic incident in her past occurred. This comes as a surprise to everyone else, since her typical form is that of a busty high schooler. [[spoiler: She gets better in the manga after facing up to Lorina]].
* {{Stripperific}} -- Some of the other Kagihime's outfits can come off as this.
** Special mention goes to The Alice Police in the manga that wear leotards that [[BareYourMidriff show their bellies]] [[SexyBacklessOutfit and back]]. They also have mecha-like shoulder pads and impossibly cool weaponry.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne
* [[spoiler: TheStarscream -- Lidell, who ultimately ends up offing Takion to fight Kirika and Arisu in a showdown. However, she is spared.]]
* TransformationSequence -- But only if you're plot important. Aruto ''thinks'' he's going to get one in the final episode, but doesn't.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime -- almost literally, as the main story is resolved in episode 12, and episode 13 is essentially an {{Omake}}.
* UnusualEars -- Rabbit ears.
* [[spoiler: WritersBlock: Takion has this in the manga, having been unable to write a third sequel to his Alice series]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Aruto. Kiriha also has purple hair.
* ZergRush -- In episode 13, a large group of Seekers charges after the main cast, but they're all defeated in an instant. ConservationOfNinjitsu. As Kirika explains, "resurrected monsters are weaker."
* ZettaiRyouiki: A lot of the Kagihime have up to grade A. Oddly enough, Kirika and Arisu have thigh highs under their skirt making it a subversion.
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